STRICTLY Come Dancing’s Brendan Cole takes to The Anvil stage on Thursday, 8 November as part of his 10th anniversary tour.

All Night Long takes audiences on a journey through dance, music, comedy, and all things ballroom. Brendan is joined on stage by a sensational cast of superbly talented championship dancers and a 13-piece band and singers; whipping up an extravagant mix of Latin fever and ballroom magic, from tantalising Tango to powerful Paso Doble, the elegant Foxtrot to breath-taking Waltz.

Brendan is best known from Strictly Come Dancing and, until announcing his departure from the series earlier this year, was just one of just two of the professional dancers to have competed in each series. Brendan danced in the first show of the first series and won the first Glitterball trophy.

His stage show All Night Long brings high energy dynamite dance together with live music, stunning special effects and Brendan’s own dazzling choreography.

How to Hide a Lion roars into town and is at The Haymarket on Friday 9 and Saturday 10 November – a show not to be missed by those aged three to six and their families.

Directed and adapted by Peter Glanville, and with music and songs by Barb Jungr, Helen Stephens’ magical book comes to life with playful humour and dazzling puppets.

When a lion is chased out of town, a little girl, Iris, helps him to find somewhere to hide. Iris embarks on a mission to squash her new friend into a variety of sneaky tight spots, as the misinformed town folk try and track him down.

Staying true to the terrific tale, the show is an absolute delight and at 40 minutes long with no interval it is an ideal introduction to theatre for little ones.

Coming up in The Forge on Friday, 16 November, Haymanot Tesfa and Arian Sadr perform new improvisations on traditional Ethiopian music.

Amharic singer Haymanot Tesfa was born and raised in Ethiopia and now lives in England. Accompanying herself on the hypnotic six string krar (traditional lyre) whilst performing alongside virtuoso Iranian percussionist Arian Sadr, she seeks inspiration from the music of her Ethiopian roots while remaining joyfully experimental.

Don’t miss the opportunity of having a go at playing a musical instrument this weekend at the Musication Station in Festival Place. All are welcome to have a go at playing guitar, bass, electric drums, ukuleles and keyboards - just pop in!

Priority will be given to under 25s.

For more information, go to or call the Anvil Arts box office on 01256 844244.